Some of you may recall that several years ago I had these really insane neighbors across the street. A Mother and Son, and a Wife, with baby. The couple were obsessive late-night screamers, always fighting. The Mother was utterly inept at resolving the issues (why she lived with them, I do not know). The baby was often the hostage.
They would start their screaming episodes at about 2-3 am in the Summer and wake me up. The guy would take the baby into the car, the woman would would go out yelling, he would take of in the car, and she would spend the next hour laying in the street screaming. Or she would take the baby and sit out on the street screaming first. We got tired of calling the police...
They even had their friends park their cars on my lawn when they threw parties.
The woman would even stand in front of the car and scream until the guy PUSHED her with the car. I always assumed that EVENTUALLY they would both be arrested and child-care would take control of the baby, but that never happened.
I had some lapses when I went yelling at them to just STOP! LEAVE! Move OUT! (it was a rental)
One of the happiest days of my life was when I saw them packing up and leaving.
But guess who lived in the McMansion next door to them? The guy's dad. Really!
So guess who has moved in with Dad this year? The Crazy Guy! Its been a bit awkward. I'm perfectly fine with the Dad and have been for years. We used to help each other on minor projects. But with Crazy Son (without Wife and Child there - I assume she escaped him) the past few months, it hasn't been the same. Crazy Son has always been out there on the front lawn anytime I could talk to the Dad.
So I drove out last night on an errand, and a dog ran in front of the car. I wasn't moving forward, so waited to see where the dog went. Couldn't see it anywhere around the car, so I couldn't move. I saw The Crazy Guy in the street, so I called out all friendly (and pretending I didn't recognize him), "Hey there's a dog near the car and I don't want to move so I don't hurt it". Can you see where it is?" So he came forward, calling his dog.
And since I had my car door open, the dog came over and acted friendly, so I scritched its head and talked nice to it. Told it that was a Good Dog! Crazy Guy saw I was being nice to his loose dog, so he came and got it and had to thank me for being careful.
I mentioned that dogs are friendly and all that and I was being careful with it being around the car.
I could tell it was KILLING him to have to be polite to me because I was being considerate of his dog, LOL! GOOD! I enjoyed every second. I pretended not to know who he was. I have a long memory for Crazy People, but sometimes it is good not to officially recognize them when you don't HAVE to. I'm not sure the Crazy Guy knows I know who he is (and I'll keep it that way if I can).
I'm completely willing to let the past be the past. He isn't a screamer NOW, and that's all that matters to me. But he sure had a tortured look as I was caring about his dog and I'm still enjoying THAT! He knows who I am...